Antennas play a vital role in communication systems by radiating and receiving signals of interest. There are various structural types of antennas differentiated by their individual properties such as: the directivity, the power transmitted and the gain. One of these types of antennas with special properties is the microstrip antenna. There are multiple applications for microstrip antennas in wireless communication, due to its small form factor and geometrical shape. A design for a microstrip antenna in which the radiation is spread along the horizontal axis is proposed. Several antenna configurations were considered for the design, and their radiation patterns were studied while always considering the constraints related to the directivity andthe radiation patterns. Antenna directivity was one of the major concerns during the design process of a microstrip antenna. In order to control its directivity, reflectors and directors were included in the design.

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Fall 11-2011

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